After receiving his B.M. degree from CSUF (1994) and his M.M. degree from USC (1996), baritone Aram Barsamian made his professional operatic debut as Schaunard in La boheme at Sacramento Opera. In 1997, after his performance of the role Belcore in The Elixir of Love at Pacific Repertory Opera, and Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Merola Opera Program, he made his San Francisco Opera debut in Britten’s Death in Venice. In 1998 he appeared as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Opera Santa Barbara, where he returned for Carmen in 2002. In 1998 he also debuted at Nevada Opera, as Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and returned in 1999 as Schaunard. In 2001 he was Pish-Tush in Eugene, OR. A favorite with Sacramento Opera audiences, he has sung in 12 productions with the company until 2004, when he was seen as Dandini. In 2006 the baritone sang the leading role of Belfiore in Verdi’s comic opera Un giorno di regno, with Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. A great advocate for Jules Massenet’s music, Mr. Barsamian performed the composer’s two-act opera Thérèse in concert in New York, with another CSUF alumna, mezzo-soprano Julie De Vaere. In 2009 he again sang Belcore in The Elixir of Love, at La Sierra University, where he also performed Papageno in The Magic Flute in 2010.
An active concert artist, Mr. Barsamian sang in
Debbie and Friends, the concert that inaugurated Meng Concert Hall in 2006, singing alongside distinguished CSUF alumna Deborah Voigt. The baritone has performed the solos in numerous oratorios, among which are Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, the Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, Brahms and Duruflé, St. John Passion, Ich habe genug, Dixit Dominus, etc. In 2011-2012 he performed a recital program honoring the poetry of Francesco Petrarch at La Sierra University, Pasadena City College, Mt SAC, CSULA and the Intimate Opera Company. In April 2013 he performed Massenet’s Thérèse, at Pasadena City College.
Mr. Barsamian began his teaching career in 2001, at La Sierra University, where he directed/conducted Massenet’s operas Cendrillon (2004) and Thaïs (2006), as well as Pauline Viardot’s salon opera Cendrillon (2008). The baritone is also on the voice faculties of Pasadena City College and Mount San Antonio College, where he is currently directing Viardot’s Cendrillon. A member of the Pacific Chorale since 2004, Mr. Barsamian is currently the bass section leader.